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January 18th, 2000

[11:00 AM] Mail Client Gets A New Public Beta
by Staff

CTM Development has released a public beta of the heavy duty e-mail client, PowerMail. Version 3.0b2 was released on the heels of 3.0b1, and addresses a number of stability issues. According to CTM Development:

PowerMail 3.0b2, is now available. It is based on the PowerMail Engine, a robust, cross-platform foundation encapsulating over eight years of e-mail and directory experience at CTM Development.

What are the long-term objectives of PowerMail ?

  • Offer a lean, mean and efficient alternative e-mail client for people who care about e-mail
  • Focus on offering a state-of-the-art Macintosh user-experience
  • Contribute to the ongoing diversity of mail clients on the Mac
  • Evolve our new code foundation on a regular basis to meet user needs more quickly
  • Recognize the value in our user's data and offer reliable storage, high-speed indexing and the ability to export to a variety of standard formats
  • Excel in supporting multi-lingual, word-wide mail users

Change notes in 3.0b2 (from b1)

  • Fixed a startup crash which could occur in particular for users of previous versions of PowerMail; this was caused by an incorrect directory specification when locating user files.
  • When importing from version 2.4, indexing was set to be on if it was set that way previously. Now, indexing is turned off until explicitly turned on in the prefs
  • The saved state for bold messages is now correctly stored
  • The preference for displaying unread messages in bold would not "stick" in the preferences after relaunching
  • Fixed the radio button for retrieving from several e-mail accounts simultaneously or one at a time (both could be on)
  • Changed references to "Fetching" mail and replaced by "Retrieving", as per a user request
  • New button in outgoing messages to Add attachments (in addition to being able to drag-and-drop)

A few of the discoveries of the last 24 hours (not fixed yet):

  • The counter that displays the number of messages and unread messages is known to display negative values after a while. Now what does having -3 unread messages really mean ?
  • Something in PowerMail may tell the menu manager to display all menus in bold, which is most distasteful.
  • There are some -8785 and "chcv" errors on startup with Japanese, Arabic or Hebrew set as main script
  • If the application stops retrieving mail, quit and relaunch it with the option and command keys down. In the "PowerMail First Aid" window, reset the preference settings.

You can find more information and download links at the CTM Development web site.

CTM Development

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